Postdoctoral scholars at UC Santa Barbara comprise a diverse group of approximately 300 scholars across many disciplines. Postdoctoral scholar appointments are temporary positions with fixed end dates intended to provide a full-time program that emphasizes scholarship, continued research training, and mentorship for individuals who have recently completed a doctoral degree.
How to Apply for a Postdoctoral Position at UCSB
Application for postdoctoral training at UC Santa Barbara is made to a specific faculty member or members in an academic department or research unit
. Many positions are also posted on UCSB’s Recruit
system for academic job openings. All correspondence regarding any potential openings, the application for any such openings, and one's status must be directed to the faculty member or department in question. The faculty member and the department are solely responsible for determining if there is a match with the applicant and area of interest and for facilitating the appointment in regard to space and financial resource allocations. Postdoc appointment titles vary in compensation, benefits, and taxation and is determined by the source of support.
Find a Postdoc Position
UCSB Office of Research Postdoctoral Scholars Resources
Resources including proposal writing and submission, funding resources, and compliance information.
Employment Union for UC Postdocs
Information about employment rights, collective bargaining, and other resources.
Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Plan (PSBP)
Information about insurance, disability, and retirement benefits available to postdoctoral scholars.
Single post-doctoral scholars may apply for housing in the San Clemente Villages graduate student apartments; the Community Housing Office (CHO) offers information about off-campus housing options.
Information about how to purchase a three-month or annual membership to the Recreation Center.
Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SoPS)
The UC Santa Barbara Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SoPS) is dedicated to enhancing the postdoctoral experience at UCSB. We provide information and support on a range of topics including career advancement, financial support, research development and social engagement. If you are interested, please contact Christian Villaseñor, Assistant Dean of the Graduate Division.
Professional Development Series from CSEP
The Professional Development Series from the UCSB Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships offers a variety of career and professional development workshops each quarter for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
Through UCSB’s institutional membership, graduate students and postdocs get access to free professional development and pedagogical resources including webinars, readings, and discussion forums.
National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)
Postdocs, faculty, grad students, administrators, and alumni may sign up for free as UCSB Affiliate Members by registering with their UCSB email address.
University of California Council of Postdoctoral Scholars
System-wide representation for UC postdoctoral scholars that works collaboratively with the UC administration to improve the training and scholarship of postdoctoral scholars
The largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social sciences, and STEM. With UCSB’s institutional subscription, you gain access to premium content such as career transition portfolios, active members-only discussion boards, and online and in-person networking resources. To sign up, visit the Graduate Division’s Versatile PhD subscription page . The Graduate Division also hosts quarterly informational sessions designed to help scholars become better acquainted with Versatile PhD's resources. Check the GradPost events page to find the next offering.
At UC Santa Barbara, faculty mentors are responsible for guiding and monitoring the advanced training of postdoctoral scholars. In that role, faculty mentors should make clear the goals, objectives, and expectations of the training program and the responsibilities of postdoctoral scholars. They should frequently communicate with postdoctoral scholars, provide regular and timely assessments of the postdoctoral scholar’s performance, and provide career advice and job placement assistance.
UC Santa Barbara Postdoctoral Scholars Mentoring Guidelines
Information and resources on best practices for faculty who serve as postdoctoral mentors.
Information on the appointment and promotion of postdoctoral scholars.
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
Free research training opportunities through an interactive online tutorial; users may sign up through UCSB’s institutional membership.
Individual Development Plan
A structured planning process for postdoctoral scholars and faculty mentors to identify professional development needs and career objectives.
Mentoring International Postdocs
Video guidebooks from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Case studies, Q&A, and resources from Responsible Conduct of Research at Columbia University.